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Vienna Blues

“Vienna Blues”
written and performed by Reynold Philipsek
2011 copyright
zino-rephi music (BMI)

The Second Viennese school of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern has long been of interest to me.

The idea of composing a melody line comprised of all 12 notes without repeating any is a tough job.

I have written two pieces based on a 12 tone line and Vienna Blues is one of them.

My goal was to construct a piece using this inherently angular line in such a way as to “smooth out” the angularity and present something the average listener, who doesn’t care about how the thing is constructed, can enjoy.

Click here to listen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UckK-Lo6aJU

Sidewalk Cafe Live at the Dakota

Sidewalk Cafe
live at the Dakota

I only recently discovered this live Youtube video.
I have no idea who posted it, but I like it.
Live videos like this show up from time to time and I have no problem with them.
My goal is to get the music to as many people as possible.

The two songs played in Part One posted here are two of my songs.
First is “Sans Souci”.
This is a rather extended version and at one point Gary (violin) and I do some very nice interplay.

The second song is a tune I wrote in homage to Joe Pass, the legendary guitarist with whom I had a couple of lessons with in L.A. in 1975.
Joe passed away in 1994.
This second song is called “Tempus Fugit.

guitar-reynold
violin-Gary Schulte
bass-Jeff Brueske


link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8zeYes47pM

Bangkok Sunset

“Bangkok Sunset”
Written and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek
1994 copyright Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)

Guitar, bass-Reynold
Drums- Steve Read-Smith
Trombone, cornet-Zane Schaefer
Laura Sewell-cellos

Mary and I traveled to China, Hong Kong, and Thailand in 1994.
Bangkok made a very strong impression on me.
So I came up with this song.
Bangkok is the type of place that can create a sort of sensory overload and it resulted in this very James Bond type theme.

Check out this video on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/JtrjloK9qE4

“Sweet On You”

“Sweet On You”
Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2013 copyright Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)

I have written two songs for my wife thus far. The first is an instrumental simply called “Mary.”

The second song is with vocal and is highlighted here.

Since the vast majority of my recordings have been instrumental and featuring guitar, there are a lot of people who have only come to know of me in recent years who are unaware of the fact that there are quite a lot of songs where I do sing. Most of my vocal stuff comes from before the year 2000, but this song appeared on the 2013 album “Simplicity” which had several vocal things on it.

I quote Jimi Hendrix from “The Wind Cries Mary” at the end of the guitar solo, which is fitting considering Mary is my wife’s name.

Check out the video on YouTube:

 

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